South West Creative Technology Network Fellowships.

Plymouth Launch Event: Ocean Studios, 17.30-19.00, 14 June 2018.

Ocean Studios. The Factory Cooperage, Royal William Yard, Plymouth PL1 3QQ []

[Refreshments provided]

  • 24 x R&D Fellowships worth £15,000 each

  • 8 creative industry Fellowships,

  • 8 academic Fellowships

  • 8 new talent residencies at graduate level,

  • leading to 8 prototype products or services with £30,000 each.

*Full call details for this year’s theme of Immersion will be announced on Monday 11 June 2018.

You are invited to the Plymouth launch of the South West Creative Technology Network (SWCTN). The SWCTN will offer three one-year funded programmes around the themes of ImmersionAutomation & Data. As new technologies raise new challenges and opportunities for businesses, this partnership is designed to respond to industry needs across the creative industries, health and manufacturing sectors and drive productivity and innovation.

The grant is part of RESEARCH ENGLAND,’s Connecting Capabilities Fund, which supports university collaboration and encourages commercialisation of products made through partnerships with industry. Led by the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol), the three-year project is a partnership with Watershed in BristolKaleider in Exeter, Bath Spa University, the University of Plymouth and Falmouth University.

[Further information on the SWCTN award:]

Each year-long programme will be led by a team of producers working across the region to build creative capacity, generate shared knowledge and maximise potential for specific commercial impact. This activity is underpinned by a team of Knowledge Exchange Managers in each of the partner HEI’s.

Each year programme/theme will offer 24 R&D Fellowships worth £15,000 each (8 creative industry Fellowships, 8 academic Fellowships and 8 new talent residencies at graduate level). This fellowship programme will co-design a call for 8 prototype products or services with business partners worth £30,000 each.

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“Digital technologies are transforming the way we work and play, and this collaborative initiative focuses on some of the most exciting aspects of this evolution. The use of Data to improve our understanding of complex problems, the ability to generate powerful immersive experiences and the insights generated by artificial intelligence provide completely new perspectives on the world. We look forward to focusing the wealth of research experience we have in these areas to nurture innovation across the region.”

(Mike Phillips)

Year One: Immersion (2018-19)

Emerging mixed reality technologies give developers, artists and performers new ways to blend the real and the virtual. The uses, design and implementation of immersive experiences offer key challenges across multiple domains. Many questions arise from the radical shift that placing virtual objects in real space creates. If the potential is to be fully realised in new markets and forms of cultural experience, bridges between the arts and digital technology, as well as between the marketplace and the academy, need to be built.

These new relationships will enable us to collectively address questions such as: What new understandings of immersion do we need? What blueprints do we need to ensure that immersive applications create convincing and easily accessible experiences? What technical challenges need solutions to support such experiences? What modes of storytelling are required? How can social immersive experiences be created? How do we ensure that the design and implementation of immersive experiences across multiple industrial sectors retain a core focus on human experience? What new products and services can be created.

Year two: Automation (2019-20)

[Draft outline]: The Automation theme builds on the region’s strengths in the application of autonomous systems to a broad range of areas, from fabrication, health, transportation, marine, robotics, and creative and cultural activities. This initiative aims to unlock the power of these emerging technologies by transferring skills, practices and technologies across sectors, industries, and disciplines to generate new insights, products and services. To effectively harness these systems for a broader application new design strategies need to be developed to unlock knowledge, skills and practices for the benefit of the Creative Industries and the region’s economy in areas such as Heritage, Tourism, Health care.

Year three: Data (2020-21)

[Draft outline]: The core research question for the Data theme is how do we support enterprise and citizens to become more socio-technically literate about the smart city and its associated infrastructures? This work requires a number of strands to work together including: working to make data not just available but also secure and protected; developing demonstrator use case studies, which can illustrate best practice and showcase new thinking and supporting enterprises to develop new business models, products and services.


  • Applications will close at the end of July.
  • Brainstorming and thinking will occur between October – December 2018.
  • This will be followed by a sharing amongst the cohort, who will then co-design a call brief with the producers and University leads around what should be made in response to the brainstorm period.
  • They will then have a chance to pitch to this call for up to 8 x £30k prototyping grants
  • There will then be an Open Call for any remaining prototyping grants in January 2019
  • Prototyping for all participants will run through March, April and May 2019
  • An industry showcase will be held for all 8 prototypes in June 2019

South West Creative Technology Network.

RESEARCH ENGLAND,’s Connecting Capabilities Fund,


Network Launch dates:

Bath Spa: 12 June, 17.30, 2018. Queen’s Square, Le Bath Boules, BA1 2PW

Plymouth. 14 June, 17.30, 2018. Ocean Studios, RWY, PL1 3QQ

Falmouth: 22 June, 14.00, 2018. Sandpit, Penryn Campus, TR10 9F

Bristol: 6 July, 16.00, 2018. Watershed, Bristol, BS1 5TX

[Further information on the SWCTN award:]

With thanks to Ocean Studios and RIO for hosting the event.